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How to Avoid Losing Friends Over Politics

Tips for communicating with friends who have different political beliefs. If you feel a friendship is otherwise solid, and you want to avoid breaking it up over political differences, here are some communication techniques you can try. Build a strong foundation: It can be tempting to launch into a political debate. Still, if your goal…

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The psychology of regret: how inaction affects our sense of self

Psychologists consider that three main domains make up the perception of the self. Your “actual self” is who you currently are; your “ought self” is who you think you should be based on your obligations or responsibilities; your “ideal self” is who you could be, or who you might dream of being. You may aspire to be financially successful,…

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Fear of judgement: why we are afraid of being judged

If you have ever worried that poor performance in an evaluation will lead to a friend or colleague developing a negative opinion of you, then you are not alone. Fear of judgement by others is common. In evolutionary terms, a fear of judgement makes sense as relating to the need to survive in society. For…

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Intentional learning in practice: A 3x3x3 approach April 19, 2021

What drives most of us to learn something new is curiosity and a desire to keep growing. Turning that desire into new capabilities, though, requires a plan. As we have noted in our earlier research about intentional learning, it’s essential to cultivate both the right mindset and the right skills to keep learning throughout our personal and…

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